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LaPlante Center files lawsuit against RI

September 29, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At the Adeline LaPlante Memorial Center in Wakefield, many members dedicate their time to volunteering in the community whether they help deliver bread to people in need or volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

However, the work these members do to make a difference in the lives of those around them may change after the state proposed a $600,000 cut in funds to the LaPlante Center, a budget decision that will directly impact the programs that allows the center to provide volunteer and work opportunities to its members.

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September 28, 2011

The state pension and budget cuts has everyone up in arms and angered over the current economic conditions. Those that have had it with budget cuts are taking action. Find out why the Adeline LaPlante Memorial Center in Wakefield has filed lawsuit against the state in today's paper.

After putting forth expenditures on the town council agenda concerning a refurbished break room at the town hall, the council decided to review Town Manager Grady Miller's job performance.

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Town council takes no action on Miller's job performance

September 27, 2011

The Narragansett Town Council met on Tuesday evening to discuss Town Manager Grady Miller's job performance over the last few months. No action was taken, although members of the public attended the Charter Review meeting held at the Town Hall prior to the executive session to show their support for Miller.

Council President Glenna Hagopian assured the public that the executive session was held only to discuss Miller's job performance without any intention of taking action to terminate him, an outcome which many among the public feared.

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RI health bill signed into law

September 27, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed an Executive Order on Monday establishing the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange, a program through which uninsured individuals and small businesses can shop for the best deal among a multiple number of health insurers.

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RI students face tuition hike at URI

September 27, 2011

KINGSTON – With nearly flat level funding from the state to public colleges, the University of Rhode Island has no choice but to raise tuition for Rhode Islanders by 9.5 percent for the fall of 2012.

“We’ve run out of degrees of freedom in our budget,” Donald DeHayes, ProVost and Vice President of Academic Affairs said.

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All eyes on local fishermen

September 26, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – New England’s fishing fleet may have to make room for Big Brother as a federally funded pilot program plans to use closed-circuit cameras on board to record the catch and replace human observers on fishing boats.

The program has local fishermen up and arms over the extremes regulations have taken.

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September 23, 2011

Inside today's paper, find out what's inside the SKESP teacher aides contract for 2011 to 2014 and why the union is not so happy. Also, with the pension problem looming, Narragansett Schools are fearing the worst for pension costs.

Also, inside today's The Narragansett Times, find out why local fishermen have had enough with a new federal program to electronically monitoring the men at sea.

Lastly, as the Kimberly Fry trial enters its second week, read up on her ex-husband's the heartbreaking testimony on his daughter's death.

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Town hero comes home

September 22, 2011

 

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Surrounded by American flags, standing nearby a West Kingston Fire Station truck, about a hundred Elks Lodge and community members awaited the arrival of South Kingstown’s hero Joe “Tiger” Patrick on Saturday afternoon.

 

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Straight talk on pension reform

September 22, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With one month left before the General Assembly will hold a special session on state pension reform, General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo is reaching out to every corner of the state to explain to tax payers the state’s $9.4-billion unfunded pension problem.

Last Thursday, she made a stop at South Kingstown Town Hall, where she met with two dozen local officials from South County. Later on in the day, she met 75 members and guests at the South Kingstown Rotary Club luncheon.

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September 21, 2011

As the winter months head our way, it is almost time to get the snow plows ready. However, in the town of Narragansett, the town council debated whether they should fund new Highway Department trucks for snow removal or police and fire vehicles during these economic times.  

With General Treasurer Gina Raimondo proposing a new state pension plan next month, find out how South Kingstown will fare without pension reform.

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